Safer with Ryan driving

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Well, Jan gave up the wheel after just a few hours.  Ryan’s driving now.  I’m glad, he’s a better driver by far!!

On our way I guess

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I wonder if Jan has ever tour-managed before?  We’re driving a rented car through a snowstorm, without snow tires or chains, and the windshield keeps icing up.  I’m scared.  I didn’t have a bed to sleep in last night — I was freezing cold and crying most of the time.  Didn’t get to take a shower or brush my teeth today, I’m on my period and I just wacked myself very hard in the eye with my elastic jacket-tassel thingy. Did I mention I want to go home now?  I hope Ryan’s luggage makes it to Linkoping.

Terrible attitude

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I had a very rough night. I am never touring again in Europe.  I might not ever tour again anywhere.  Right now I feel like I want to quit music-making entirely and get a job somewhere doing something completely unrelated to music.  Something with computers I guess.  Not in a record store, that would be too depressing.

Bottoming out

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I WANT TO GO HOME!!!!!!!!!! Please God let me go home now. I’m freezing cold. I’m sleeping in a shithole in Oslo, my socks are wet, I’ve been crying all night, I’m sick and I want to go home now. Please let me go home. Please please please please please.

Fear of Mono?

Now I’m upstairs in the offices above the Cafe Mono in Oslo.  I was supposed to do an interview here but the lady called in sick — she’s got pneumonia!  I’m kinda glad she stayed home ‘cuz I don’t need any more germs than I’ve already got, heheh.  There are like 3 or 4 different wireless networks for me to choose from right now.  I don’t know whose network I’m using but it’s high speed and I’m very psyched to be able to download my mail and read some news finally!  There was a band playing downstairs earlier and they asked me if I wanted to go down and watch.  I went down for like two minutes but it was a total clusterfuck in there, and I felt so weird and disoriented that I turned right around and went back upstairs.  I wish I wasn’t such a scaredeycat but I guess I’d rather hide in a room by myself than be in a crowd of people I don’t know who are all speaking a language I’ve never heard before.


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Hellooooo from Oslo

Okay, now I’m in the Oslo airport waiting for Ryan to get here.  There’s wireless internet access, though it wasn’t free.  I’m not sure how much I paid for it, maybe like $150 kroners for two hours.  Is that like twenty bucks or something?  Jesus.  Ryan and I had to take separate flights to get here, he’s arriving in 2 hours.  Nobody seems to be here yet to pick us up so I assume they’re coming when Ryan’s flight gets in. Everything in Italy went fine.  I was fighting a cold for a little while but that’s pretty much over now.  I am sooo ready to rawk Norway and SWEDEN (not Switzerland, at least not this time)!  And then I get to go home.  Hooooooooome.  I’m having a blast with all the traveling but all I can think about is being home and back with Johnny.  :-)

Shit!  Jan is here to pick me up, I have to bolt.  He’s going to come back later and get Ryan while I do an interview somewhere?  I’m so confused!!!

Hurry up and wait

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Okay, I finished packing and I’m making coffee.  Ryan wants to sleep a few more minutes.  We couldn’t get the same flights; my plane leaves at 1:40; his doesn’t leave until 5 something.  So he’s going to have to sit around waiting to leave.  But then I’m going to be sitting around waiting for him after I get to Oslo, fair’s fair. 

Sara and Giacomo have been so nice to us, they’re the best.  Wonderful people.  Thank god we got to stay with them a few days, they kept us laughing and well fed the whole time.

Italy is rawked

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.


The other night’s show turned out great, actually.  I just decided to throw down and wail, and I did, and it turned out fine.  I also found out more about Diaframma.  They used to be a big new wave group in the 80s, but the lead singer is the only one left from that group.  He has all these guys with him now that I can only assume are session guys.  Rawk dudes that give him the huge sound and all the poses but don’t add any originality or soul or spirit.  He’s a good performer and has good songs, but his bandmates are taking the life out of his music.  He’d be better off playing solo, in my opinion.  That’s just my opinion.

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Sonica (Rome, Italy)

Opened for the band Tasaday

My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass)

A bigass mountain

photo by Edith FrostWindshield shot taken somewhere on the way from Teramo to Rome


Galadhrim (Teramo, Italy)

Opened for the band Diaframma
At Galadhrim
Via Madonna del Riparo, Teramo, Italy
P: 0861 245448
My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass)

Waiting to rock Teramo

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The band we’re opening for is called Diaframma.  They’re loud as shit, very commercial-sounding, and very bored with us apparently.  I don’t know who the hell’s idea it was to put them on the same bill with us, but whatever!  One of them just wished me "good luck"… doesn’t he know it’s bad luck to say "good luck" and you need to say "break a leg" instead?  I should have said "good luck to YOU too!" but didn’t think of it until two minutes later.

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Notes from Teramo

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.


We’re at the club in Teramo called Galadhrim, waiting to soundcheck.  We’re opening for another band whose name escapes me.  It was news to me, and it’s being advertised as me headlining but whatever — hopefully they’ll draw some people in here like I could never do.  We played last night at the Kabala Jazz Club in Pescara.  It was a good club and there were people, but it was a weird show (again).  I still have a bit of a cold, I’m using nose drops now to clear out the snot.  Which means I’ll have to keep using them until the tour’s over.  I hate that.

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Teramo, Italy

photo by Edith FrostThe bar at Galadhrim where we played

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Spoltore, Italy

Pictures I took at Paolo Visci’s lovely house, where we stayed after the Pescara show…

Ryan Hembrey and Luna


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